Tina Fey, Megyn Kelly, Simone Biles, and More Share Their Best Life Advice at The Hollywood Reporter Breakfast
Jon Hamm seduced Tina Fey as she was giving her speech at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment breakfast on Wednesday. As much as the picture above would like you to believe that, it didn't quite go down that way.
Still, it got your attention, and that was exactly the point of the 25th annual event, which brings Hollywood's heavyweights together to talk female empowerment, gender equality, and mentoring in the industry.
Prior to the event (where Fey received THR's prestigious Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, which honors a woman who is a pioneer and a leader in her field), honorees and guests talked to Glamour about the best advice they swear by right now, and how you can apply it to your own life. Take our advice: You might want to print this out.
What's your favorite piece of advice that you swear by right now?
Tina Fey: "That's a good question and I want to give you a good answer. Right now it would be to take action. Be active and actively try to put good things out into the world."
Simone Biles: "Live in the moment because everything happens so fast."
Aja Naomi King ("The Birth of a Nation"; "How to Get Away with Murder"): "Sometimes telling someone else no is an act of self love. You just have to choose yourself sometimes."
Shiri Appleby ("UnREAL"): "Show up and do the work and good things will come your way."
Constance Zimmer ("UnREAL"): "It's about being in the moment and not worrying about what you're worrying about because that may not even happen. A lot of times we end up worrying twice, so I'm trying to save myself from that and exist in the moment and do the best you can with what you’re given, whether it's personal life, career life, etc., because there’s so much we have no control over. So for me, it’s really about being in the moment."
Genevieve Angelson ("Good Girls Revolt"): “The more I focus on other people and how I can be helpful and useful, the more rich my life feels. And god, don’t focus so much on your weight! Who cares what you had for breakfast?! Whatever you need to eat and wear and feel to be useful, be useful! At some point [all the women I work with now] were told [earlier in our careers] that we needed to lose weight. I absolutely insist on having a bigger life than that obsession. I just insist on it. And I put my attention on other people instead of myself."
Megyn Kelly: "Settle for more from yourself. Be your authentic self. Be true to who you are, what you really want, what makes you happy, and not just want makes you powerful and puts you on the cover [of a magazine]. What is important to me? I’m always asking myself those questions, including right now."
What makes you happy right now?
Megyn Kelly: "I need more time with my children, which I've said publicly many times. And yet I’m not going to give up my job, so I have to find a way to strike a better balance. They're very young — seven, five and three — and I'm not going to miss them growing up, so I need to do better in that department. So I think — and I believe — that settling for more is finding that way where I can have it all. I don't accept that I can’t. I just have to find what all means."
Pearlena Igbokwe (President, Universal Television): "Don't be in a rush to end your career. I love and appreciate a long career and staying [at certain places] for a long time where I loved it, but then I go do something else, and that makes for a nice, long career instead of 'I'm 40, and I don't know what to do next.'"
More From Glamour:
• An Ode to Tina Fey (by Tina Fey)
• Tina Fey Gets Real About the "Hollywood Bullsh-t" at the Oscars
• Universal Television President Bela Bajaria's Career and Life Advice
• Great Life Advice for Everybody, From Ages 6 to 91
Photo Credit: Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter